COURSE SELECTION GUIDE 2019 - 2020 COATESVILLE AREA INTERMEDIATE HIGH SCHOOL - Coatesville Area School District

 
COURSE SELECTION GUIDE 2019 - 2020 COATESVILLE AREA INTERMEDIATE HIGH SCHOOL - Coatesville Area School District
COURSE SELECTION GUIDE

               2019 - 2020

COATESVILLE AREA INTERMEDIATE HIGH SCHOOL
            1425 E. LINCOLN HIGHWAY
             COATESVILLE, PA 19320
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                                                                           TABLE OF CONTENTS

Mission Statement and Introduction .................................................................................................................................... 2
General Information and Graduation Requirements ............................................................................................................ 3
Keystone Exams and Course Sequences .............................................................................................................................. 4
Course Level Descriptions, Dual Credit, and Technical College High School Information ............................................... 5
Grading Policy, Honor Roll, GPA, and NCAA Eligibility Requirements ........................................................................... 6
Class Enrollment and Schedule Changes ............................................................................................................................. 7
Air Force Junior ROTC Program ......................................................................................................................................... 8
Art ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 8-9
Business/Computer Technology Education .................................................................................................................... 9-10
Career Development Education (TCHS) ........................................................................................................................... 10
English .......................................................................................................................................................................... 11-12
Family and Consumer Science........................................................................................................................................... 12
Mathematics .................................................................................................................................................................. 12-13
Music............................................................................................................................................................................. 13-14
Science ............................................................................................................................................................................... 15
Social Studies ................................................................................................................................................................ 16-17
Technology Education .................................................................................................................................................. 17-18
Wellness & Fitness ....................................................................................................................................................... 18-19
World Languages .......................................................................................................................................................... 19-20
Additional Education Courses and Programs .................................................................................................................... 21
Dual Enrollment ................................................................................................................................................. Appendix A
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                                                MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to provide a quality education focused on instruction through best practice, building positive
relationships, and a commitment to ensure all students are promoted to the next grade level.

              DO YOUR BEST, DO IT RIGHT, TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WANT TO BE TREATED

                                                     INTRODUCTION

The Coatesville Area Intermediate High School is firmly committed to the learning and success of all students. We believe
that each student is a capable and competent learner and that their time in the Coatesville Area Intermediate High School
will serve as preparation for experiences at the Senior High School, College and/or Post-Secondary Technical College
Training. Our goal is to ensure that every student is prepared to attend college or post-secondary study following high
school.

Because the selection of a student's program of study can influence and shape post-secondary planning, this course selection
guide is designed to provide information that will outline the many academic opportunities that exist for students. While the
path to college and post-secondary study is an exciting one, we recognize that process of planning that path can create
questions regarding academic pre-requisites and requirements. As such, we encourage students and parents to reach out to
our administrators, guidance counselors and teachers with any questions that may arise during the course selection process.

If you have any questions pertaining to the scheduling process, availability of courses, requirements for promotion,
graduation, etc., please contact your guidance counselor.

                                   COATESVILLE AREA INTERMEDIATE HIGH SCHOOL
                                              1425 East Lincoln Highway
                                                Coatesville, PA 19320
                                                    610-383-3735

                                              Mr. Brian M. Chenger, Principal

                                       Mrs. Shannon D. Downing, Assistant Principal
                                      Mr. Joseph L. MacNamara Jr., Assistant Principal
                                         Mrs. Eileen T. Rudisill, Assistant Principal

Each student is assigned a guidance counselor alphabetically according to last name as shown below:

                               Ms. Tina Rodgers         A–G           Phone Extension: 61531
                               Ms. Francine Norman      H–O           Phone Extension: 61534
                               Mr. Stephen Shirk        P–Z           Phone Extension: 61687
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                                              GENERAL INFORMATION
The Coatesville Area Intermediate High School academic year is comprised of four marking periods. Each marking period
is forty-five days in length. The student day is comprised of seven class periods and one lunch period. Students are required
to schedule seven periods of classes per year.

Some courses meet every day for one full period (1 credit), while others meet every other day for one period (.5 credit).
Courses vary in degree of complexity commensurate with course requirements.

           GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS                                  REQUIRED COURSES FOR GRADES 9 AND 10

The graduation requirements adopted by the Coatesville            English requirements for graduation (at least 2
Area School District Board of Directors aligns with and           credits taken in grades 9 and 10): [EN]
meets the standards for graduation set forth by the
Pennsylvania Department of Education.                             **English 9 (1 credit)
                                                                  **English 10 (1 credit)

             CREDITS FOR GRADUATION                               Social Studies requirements for graduation (at least 2
                                                                  credits in grades 9 and 10): [SS]
 (All credits shown below are the minimum that must be
earned in grades 9 and 10 for credits towards graduation)         Early American History (1 credit)
                                                                  European History (1 credit)
                                                                  Modern American History (1 credit)
English                   4 credits**    (see page 3)
                                                                   Any of the Social Studies courses below may be
*Social Studies           4 credits**    (see page 3)
                                                                  substituted. (All students must pass four different Social
*Mathematics              4 credits**    (see page 3)             Studies courses.)
*Science                  4 credits**    (see page 4)             AP World History (1 credit)
                                                                  AP European History (1 credit)
Health                   0.5 credits**   (see page 4)             AP Human Geography (1 credit)
Wellness & Fitness        0.5 credit     (see page 4)             AP Psychology (1 credit)
(2 courses, 0.5 credit each)                                      Modern American History (H) (1 credit)
                                                                  Historical Research and Preservation I (H) (1 credit)
*Electives               6.5 credits      (see page 4)            Historical Research and Preservation II (H) (1 credit)
 Keystone Exams:
       Algebra I, Biology, English Literature                     Mathematics requirements for graduation (at least 2
                       0 credit         (see page 4)              credits in grades 9 and 10): [MA]
_____________________________________________
                                                                  **Algebra I (1 credit)
Total Needed                                                      **Geometry (1 credit)
to Graduate              24 credits                               **Algebra II (1 credit)
                                                                    Pre-Calculus (1 credit)

* See page 5 - Students Enrolled in the Technical College
High School (TCHS)
** All students must take courses denoted as such. These
courses, as well as other courses needed to fulfill
graduation requirements, are listed on pages 3-4.

             NOTE: Items subject to change.
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                                                                             KEYSTONE EXAMS

                                                            Keystone Exams are state mandated, end-of-course tests
                                                            which demonstrate students’ proficiency in core subjects.
                                                            Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE),
                                                            beginning with the graduating class of 2022, students
                                                            must score Proficient or Advanced on the Algebra I,
                                                            English Literature (English 10), and Biology Keystone
                                                            Exams in order to receive a high school diploma. This is
                                                            subject to change based on PDE requirements. Students
                                                            will be granted multiple attempts, if needed, to score
                                                            Proficient. While we recognize that standardized testing
                                                            (Keystone Exams, PSATs, SATs, etc.) provide value, we
                                                            also recognize that any exam is only a snapshot of a
                                                            student’s academic performance levels.
Science requirements for graduation (at least 2
credits, 1 being Biology): [SC]
                                                                    RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCING
** Biology (1 credit)
                                                            Students are encouraged to choose electives in which they
Science Electives (1 credit from below):                    are interested and that serve to meet the specific needs of
                                                            the student and graduation requirements. Please pay
Chemistry (1 credit)                                        careful attention to the credit values when choosing
AP Biology (1.5 credits)                                    elective courses.
Microbiology (1 credit)
[DC] Environmental Science (1 credit)                       GRADE 9
ALS Science Research (1.5 credits)                          English 9                        1
Nutritional Chemistry (1 credit)                            Early American History           1
                                                            Alg. I/Geo./Alg II               1
Wellness & Fitness requirements for graduation:             Biology                          1
[WF]                                                        Health                           0.5
                                                            World Language I                 1
**Health Education (0.5 credit) – Ninth graders will be     Wellness & Fitness               0.5
placed in Health Education by their Guidance Counselor.     Electives                        1

Wellness & Fitness Electives (students may only elect       GRADE 10
one of the following per year – please see grade level      English 10                       1
requirements)                                               European History                 1
                                                            Geo/Alg. II./Pre-Calc.           1
Advanced Strength Training- grade 10         (0.5 credit)   Science Elective                 1
***Aquatics/Lifeguarding – grade 10          (0.5 credit)   Wellness & Fitness               0.5
Basic Strength Training- grades 9 or 10      (0.5 credit)   World Language II                1
Lifetime Sports – grade 10                   (0.5 credit)   Electives                        1.5
Martial Arts/Self-Defense – grade 10         (0.5 credit)
Sports Medicine – grade 10                   (0.5 credit)
Team Sports – grade 10                       (0.5 credit)
Yoga/Dance/Aerobics- grades 9 or 10          (0.5 credit)   World Language courses can begin in any grade.
                                                            Although not required for high school graduation, many
*** Course is offered only at the Senior High School.       colleges recommend at least 2 years of a world language
                                                            for acceptance.
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      ADVANCED COURSE LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS                           DUAL CREDIT COLLEGE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL

Course descriptions offer information regarding the              Through partnerships with Delaware County Community
complexity, challenge, requirements and credit given for         College, Harrisburg University, and The University of
courses. Students are encouraged to enroll in challenging        Pittsburgh, students can opt to schedule one or more courses for
courses and to use the full range of opportunities offered in    which they may earn college credits. For many of the courses,
the Coatesville Area School District.                            students are responsible for the cost of tuition and required
                                                                 course materials. These costs are drastically reduced from the
                                                                 normal tuition rates at these institutions. In most cases, credits
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses*
                                                                 earned are transferable to the college or university of the
College level materials and programs are offered and comply
                                                                 student’s choice upon graduation.
with the requirements of the College Entrance Examination        Dual Credit Course Offerings at CAIHS:
Board. Enrollment in Advanced Placement courses allows
                                                                 Course Course                   College/University Location
students to seek college credit through participation in an      Number Description                                    in Guide
end of course examination. The College Board requires a
                                                                 8622       INTRODUCTION TO Harrisburg                 Pg. 10
fee for examination participation (fee waivers are available
                                                                            INFORMATION          University
for students who qualify for the Free & Reduced Lunch                       TECHNOLOGY (H)
program). Students who enroll in AP courses are encouraged
                                                                 8122       COMPOSITION (H) Delaware County            Pg. 11
to sit for the AP examination as successful completion of the
                                                                                                 Community College
exam is recognized by a large number of colleges, and can
                                                                 8172       PUBLIC               Delaware County       Pg. 12
result in substantial savings in college tuition. Students who
                                                                            SPEAKING (H)         Community College
wish to take an AP class should consult with their teachers
                                                                 8490       ALS SCIENCE          University            Pg. 15
and guidance counselors and should be committed to
                                                                            RESEARCH (H)         of Pittsburgh
challenging themselves through the additional reading,
                                                                 8422       BIOLOGY (H)          Harrisburg            Pg. 15
writing and preparation required in the courses. For more
                                                                                                 University
information on the Advanced Placement programs please
reach out to our guidance counselors or any member of the        8832       FUNDAMENTALS Harrisburg                    Pg. 14
                                                                            OF MUSIC (H)         University
administrative team.
                                                                 8472       ENVIRONMENTAL Harrisburg                   Pg. 15
Honors (H)*                                                                 SCIENCE (H)          University
Honors courses provide an opportunity for students to build      8462       FORENSIC             Harrisburg            Pg. 16
a transcript that reflects an increased interest and                        SCIENCE (H)          University
commitment to academic challenges. These courses are             8222       AMERICAN             Delaware County       Pg. 16
accelerated and provide a rigorous curriculum focusing on                   HISTORY (H)          Community College
problem-based learning and collaboration.                        8772       EXPLORING LEGO Harrisburg                  Pg. 18
                                                                            ROBOTICS (H)         University
Students who are interested in participating in the Advance
Placement courses may opt to schedule these courses as a                  DCCC DUAL ENROLLMENT PATHWAYS
means of preparing for AP courses. ALL Honors sections           Students in the Coatesville Area School District have the
adequately prepare students to succeed at the AP level.          opportunity to earn college credit towards a certificate,
Please contact the building administrator or guidance            associate’s or bachelor’s degree through the Dual Enrollment
counselor for any questions.                                     Program at Delaware County Community College (DCCC),
                                                                 Exton Campus, starting in their sophomore year. Some of these
*See page 6 regarding weight in calculating G.P.A.               college courses in the Liberal Arts Pathway can be used to
                                                                 satisfy high school graduation requirements. Tuition,
              COLLEGE BOUND STUDENTS                             transportation and textbooks are covered by the Coatesville
                                                                 Area School District. The process to enroll includes completing
All students, regardless of their goals following high school    a Dual Enrollment application, and completing the Accuplacer
should participate in a course-load which both challenges        to determine if students are academically prepared for college
and engages their interests. Students who are preparing to       level courses. The Accuplacer placement test includes Math,
enter a four-year college or university should schedule at       Reading and Writing. If you have taken the SAT or ACT you
least two years of the same World Language. Recommended          may be able to waive some or all of the placement test.
courses for college bound students are listed on page 3.         Students in this program can more quickly earn an associate’s
                                                                 degree at DCCC, or to transfer these credits to another school.
                                                                 A list of schools that accept these credits can be found at
                                                                 dccc.edu/transfer or at https://www.dccc.edu/admissions-
                                                                 financial-aid/transfer/transfer-agreements See Appendix A for
                                                                 DCCC courses (subject to change based on DCCC offerings).
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    TECHNICAL COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL (TCHS)                                NCAA ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
                  GRADE 10
                                                               Students who intend to compete in Division I or Division
Students, in grade 10, who are enrolled will be given          II athletics at the college level must meet NCAA
flexibility in earning credits to fulfill graduation           eligibility requirements. Visit the NCAA Eligibility
requirements. (*Indicates flexibility in earning credits –     Center’s website (www.eligibilitycenter.org) for
see below and page 3.) However, all students must              complete information about registering with the NCAA,
schedule and pass as many graduation-required courses as       core course requirements, grade point average, and SAT
their schedule will permit. Students who attend TCHS           or ACT minimum scores.
must meet academic and attendance requirements to
remain enrolled. Those who do not meet these
requirements at TCHS will return to campus fulltime and                  LEADERSHIP AND HONOR SOCIETY
be required to satisfy all graduation requirements for their
graduating class as specified by the Coatesville Area          The Coatesville Area Intermediate High School’s
School District. This return to full-time status as a          Leadership and Honor Society (LHS) provides an
student on campus eliminates any scheduling                    opportunity for students to participate in an organization
flexibility previously mentioned.                              similar to the National Honor Society and National Junior
                                                               Honor Society. Students who are admitted must maintain
                                                               Honor Roll status, and complete 12 hours of community
                    GRADING POLICY                             service, 2 of which must be completed in the Intermediate
                                                               High School. The LHS is community focused and serves
Teachers shall review with the students the level of
                                                               to fill the gap for students between their middle and high
mastery for each course and the basis upon which the
                                                               school experiences.
grade symbols and numerical values will be assigned.
These grades will be based upon the students’ levels of
success in achieving the established objectives of each
                                                               DETERMINATION OF GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)
course, and are reflected below:                                                    (100 POINT SCALE)

90-100%                   A                                    Regular Classes          Honors          AP/DC/DE Classes
                                                                (100-90)%              % + 5% pts.        % + 10% pts.
80-89%                    B                                     (89-80) %              % + 5% pts.        % + 10% pts.
                                                                (79-70) %              % + 5% pts.        % + 10% pts.
70-79%                    C                                     (69-60) %              % + 5% pts.        % + 10% pts.
                                                                (59-00) %              % + 0% pts.        % + 0% pts.
60-69%                    D                                    Additional “weights” for Honors and AP/DC/DE classes
                                                               are NOT shown on students’ report cards or transcripts.
Students must obtain a minimum final course grade              Calculations for determining students’ cumulative
of 60% to earn credits for promotion from one grade            Numerical Point Averages ARE affected by these
to the next and to satisfy graduation requirements.            “weighted” classes, and are executed by the academic
                                                               records computer program. The additional “weight” for
                                                               passing grades in all Honors and Advanced
                       HONOR ROLL                              Placement/Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment courses are
                                                               applied only to final course grades.
Students will be recognized as qualifying for one of two
distinct honor rolls. The Distinguished Honor Roll will
be for those students earning 90% or higher in all subjects.
The Honor Roll will be for those students earning 80% or
higher in all subjects.
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                                     CLASS ENROLLMENT AND SCHEDULE CHANGES
Students should carefully consider the choices of their selected courses as well as their alternate selections. Read the course
descriptions contained in this book carefully, ask students who have completed the course, and/or ask teachers in the
respective departments about specific courses. Every attempt will be made to schedule the requested courses but many
times it becomes necessary to substitute an alternate course for a requested course. For this reason, be sure the alternates
chosen are classes in which you have interest.
Please note that scheduling is completed in advance of the upcoming school year. Courses that were mistakenly scheduled
or omitted should be corrected before the end of the current school year. All schedule changes after classes begin in the fall
must be teacher, counselor, or administrator initiated. Students will not be permitted to drop a course after two full 6-day
cycles of the 1st marking period without a parent conference and/or administrative approval.
Students must be aware of course content and prerequisites before selecting a course. There are prerequisites for many
courses. It is important that students read all course descriptions and are aware of prerequisites and course content.
Consultation with teachers, guidance counselors and administrators is encouraged. We are here to assist each student and
family.

Due to minimum enrollment requirements, some courses may not be offered. Additionally, some students may not be able
to schedule some elective courses that have reached their maximum class size. In these cases, alternate courses will be
scheduled. Guidance counselors will enter courses for those students who fail to enter their own course requests. Students
are scheduled for electives based on their interests in order to meet their needs. As such, it is important to submit alternate
course choices. Please do not hesitate to contact your guidance counselor or any building administrator with questions
during this process.
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  AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC                                                                         ART
        PROGRAM                                                      TWO DIMENSIONAL STUDIO ART COURSES

                                                                     8709 DRAMA DESIGN                     0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
In this program, the student studies many facets of modern           This course is for the student with an interest in theatrical
aerospace including civilian, military, and educational aspects      production. Through collaboration with the drama club,
of the aerospace industry. Military drill, wearing the uniform       students will design playbills and props to be used in drama club
and preparation for ceremonies comprise but one portion of the       productions. Other areas to be explored include mask making,
program. Cadet activities and field trips are interesting parts      puppetry, set design, costume & make up design.
of the course. Students must wear the uniform at least once
each week. All cadets must comply with Air Force grooming            8745 DRAWING AND PAINTING
standards. Cadets can participate in numerous AFJROTC –                                                   0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
related extra-curricular activities. There is no military            This course is designed for those students who have an interest
obligation resulting from participation in AFJROTC.                  in learning basic drawing and painting skills and techniques. A
                                                                     variety of media such as: pencil, pen, watercolor, acrylics, and
8053 JROTC(H)                            1 Credit Grades 9-10        pastels will be explored.
This is a customized course that covers a variety of leadership
and aerospace subjects. The course is specifically created for       8747 INTRODUCTORY STUDIO ART
the Air Force Junior ROTC program. Aerospace Science                                                        1 Credit Grades 9-10
curriculum introduces students to the history of aviation,           This course is designed for students who have a strong interest
science of flight, cultural studies, exploration of space and even   in art. Students will gain a solid foundation in the basic
survival training. The Leadership Studies portion of the course      elements of art & art history. Students will explore a variety of
introduces students to Air Force traditions and ceremonies,          media.
effective communication skills, career opportunities, and
management skills. Throughout all the courses of study, there        8749 INTERMEDIATE STUDIO ART
are individual and group activities, technology enrichment,                                                 1 Credit     Grade 10
readings, review questions, video segments, and assessments to       (Prerequisite: at least 80% in Introductory Studio Art)
guide in the reinforcement of the materials.                         This course will build upon the foundations of Introductory
     8051             8053            8057             8059          Studio Art. It will focus more on art principles, composition,
                                                                     art history, and each student’s developing style while
                                                                     concentrating on techniques and experiences with various
                                                                     media.

                                                                     8750 STUDIO ART (AP)                 1 Credit    Grades 9-10
                                                                     The Advanced Placement Studio Art Program enables the
                                                                     highly motivated student to do college level work in studio art
                                                                     while still in high school. The program is intended only for
                                                                     students seriously committed to studying art. Each
                                                                     student/candidate is expected to submit an extensive portfolio
                                                                     of artwork that can qualify for an evaluation by the College
                                                                     Entrance Examination Board of Princeton, New Jersey.

                                                                     8751 PAINTING                           1 Credit Grades 9-10
                                                                     This course is an in-depth exploration of painting media.
                                                                     Students study artwork of local artists as well as master
                                                                     painters. Students will explore painting with traditional and
                                                                     non-traditional materials, techniques & surfaces. Students may
                                                                     elect to take this course each year.

                                                                     THREE-DIMENSIONAL ART COURSES

                                                                     8703 JEWELRY                       0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
                                                                     This course develops students’ awareness of design history and
                                                                     its application in jewelry. Students will work in a variety of
                                                                     metals and other materials using multiple techniques to create
                                                                     originally designed jewelry
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8715 INTRODUCTORY CERAMICS                                            8719 PRINT MAKING                    0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
                                     0.5 Credit Grades 9-10           This course is an introduction to a variety of processes used to
Students will explore ceramic and sculpture forms using hand-         reproduce an original design. Students will experiment with
building techniques, such as pinch, coil, and slab, supplemented      techniques as simple as a monotype to the more advance silk-
by an introduction to the potter’s wheel. A variety of glaze and      screening and relief printing methods. Emphasis is placed on
surface decorations will be used. Emphasis is placed upon             exploring the processes and the exciting unpredictable
original design and craftsmanship, along with relevant art            outcomes.
history connection.
                                                                      8755 COMMUNICATION DESIGN
                                                                                                            1 Credit    Grades 9-10
                                                                      This course builds on the foundations of Drawing & Graphics.
                                                                      It will further explore the importance and the prominence of
                                                                      DESIGN in our everyday lives. Emphasis will be placed on
                                                                      exploring real – life applications of design and careers in the
                                                                      graphic design field.

                                                                      8758 CALLIGRAPHY                        0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
                                                                      Students will explore the exciting diversity of beautiful
                                                                      handwritten letters in a variety of styles and techniques. Each
                                                                      student will develop the skills and knowledge to appreciate and
                                                                      enjoy lettering as an artistic expression.

8717 ADVANCED CERAMICS                  0.5 Credit Grade 10
(Prerequisite: at least 85% in Introductory Ceramics)
Students will continue the exploration of ceramic construction,
decorative processes, and art history connection that were
                                                                        BUSINESS/COMPUTER
introduced in the introductory ceramics course. Further               TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
emphasis will be placed upon creative solutions to both
functional & sculptural objects. Students should have the desire         Please note that in courses where computer work is
& strive to develop their technical expertise.                          necessary, that computer work is to be done in school
                                                                       during class or through special arrangements, prior to or
8757 CRAFTS & SCULPTURE ARTS (3D DESIGN)                                                      after school.
                                        1 Credit Grades 9-10
This course concentrates on various construction techniques in        8646 KEYBOARDING/COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
a wide variety of media to create both craft and sculptural                                                1 Credit      Grades 9-10
objects. The histories and cultural aspects of both fields will be    Keyboarding/Computer Applications is designed to teach the
embedded within the creative process. Students may elect to           “touch method” with acceptable speed and accuracy levels.
take this course each year.                                           Students will also acquire an overview of word processing,
                                                                      spreadsheets, desktop publishing, presentations, and integration
GRAPHIC DESIGN ART COURSES                                            using Microsoft Office programs.

8701 APPLIED COMPUTER GRAPHICS                                        8605 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
                                       0.5 Credit Grades 9-10                                           0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
This course concentrates on the use of the computer as a tool to      Computer Applications will establish an overview of word
create art. It will focus on various elements of art in advertising   processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, presentations,
such as typography, logo development/design, board game               business documents, and integration using Microsoft Office
design, textile design and animation.                                 programs.

8711 DRAWING AND GRAPHICS          0.5 Credit Grades 9-10             8609 ENTREPRENEURSHIP                1 Credit Grades 9-10
This course concentrates on the study of Graphic Design –             Students will learn how to develop a business plan for small
communicating visually through a combination of words,                business start-up. Other topics covered will include: different
shapes & images. Traditional techniques will be explored              types of business ownership, marketing, operations, finance,
through- out projects incorporating typography, illustration,         accounting, and human resource management. This course is
layout & design. Your interest in drawing, creativity &               highly recommended for students interested in majoring in a
advertising will be developed.                                        business-related field in college.
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8614 PERSONAL FINANCE AND INVESTMENT
                                      0.5 Credit      Grade 10
This is a comprehensive financial course that will develop
students’ understanding and managing of educational and
career goals, pay checks, checking accounts, budgets, credit and
credit records, insurance, and investments. Computers will be
used to enhance the realistic application of topics.

8621 MICROSOFT WORD AND EXCEL
                                     0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
This course will cover introductory skills. Students will learn
to create and edit letters, memos, envelopes, basic reports, and
resumes in Microsoft Word. Students will also learn how to
create, edit, and format spreadsheets, charts, and graphs using
Microsoft Excel. Students need to have prior computer
knowledge before taking this class.

8622 [DC] INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION
TECHNOLOGY (H)                       1 Credit Grades 9-10              CAREER DEVELOPMENT
This course is designed to provide an introduction to
Information Technology (IT) concepts and applications, and the             EDUCATION
impact of IT on individuals, organizations, and society. Core
content includes computer hardware and software, digital                   TECHNICAL COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL (TCHS)
communications, the Internet, databases, networking,
programming, computer security, ethics in IT, and current and      8007 TCHS PROGRAMS                    3 Credits       Grade 10
emerging digital technologies.                                     (Prerequisites for first time applicants: completed application
                                                                   and must be accepted)
8626 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER AND VIDEO GAME                       Students who are interested in attending the Technical College
PROGRAMMING                           0.5 Credit   Grade 10        High School – Brandywine during 11th and 12th grades must
This class is an introduction to Computer Programming using        apply for admission. The Brandywine campus offers courses in
both the ALICE programming application and Microsoft Small         20 vocational/technical areas including:
Basic.    Students will be introduced to object oriented           Animal Science, Automotive Collision Technology,
programming while creating animated movies and simple video        Automotive Service Technology, Barbering, Carpentry,
games. In ALICE, they will be introduced to production             Commercial & Graphic Arts, Computer Information Systems,
oriented programming languages like Java, C++, and C#. In          Cosmetology, Criminal Justice & Police Sciences, Culinary
Small Basic, they will be introduced to .NET language similar      Arts, Early Childhood Care & Education, Electrical
to the Visual Basic programming language.                          Occupations, Electronics & Robotics, Engine Technology,
                                                                   Health      Career       Academy,       Health     Occupations,
8636 POWERPOINT / DESKTOP PUBLISHING                               HVAC/Refrigeration Technology, Marketing & Financial
                                     0.5 Credit Grades 9-10        Services, Sustainable Energy Engineering, Veterinary Science.
Students will explore graphics and multimedia effects, and
learn to create and edit presentations for on-screen display as
well as for printed media using PowerPoint. Students will also     For more information about all of the rigorous Career and Technical
produce custom designed brochures, flyers, newsletters,            Education programs, seniors--‐only academies, and the application
business cards, stationery, and promotional materials using        process for the Technical College High School Brandywine Campus,
desktop publishing programs. Students need to have prior           please visit: http://www.cciu.org/tchsbrandywine Or contact the
                                                                   Admissions Specialist at 484‐237‐5325.The Technical College High
computer knowledge before taking this class.                       School is operated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit on behalf
                                                                   of Chester County’s 12 public school districts.
8657 SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING
                                       1 Credit Grades 9-10
Students will study marketing for sports teams and sports
products from high school through professional levels and from
the entertainment industry. Students will create marketing
plans, discuss legal issues, and plan management strategies.
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                                                                     THE FOLLOWING ENGLISH ELECTIVE COURSES ARE NOT TO
                      ENGLISH                                        BE USED IN PLACE OF AN ENGLISH CREDIT:

8142 HONORS ENGLISH 9                    1 Credit       Grade 9      8105 FILM AS LITERATURE I            0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
This course focuses on the reading of multiple genres, language      Earn a 0.5 credit in Humanities by studying films as works of
study, and vocabulary in order to help students meet proficiency     literature and art. Learn the aspects of filmmaking and the
or mastery of the PA Academic Standards. Reading and writing         evaluation of film as literature through creative writing and
occurs both in school and at home.                                   various communication skills. This course concentrates on
                                                                     writing, listening, and speaking skills. Good attendance is a
8144 ENGLISH 9                        1 Credit       Grade 9         requirement for academic success.
This course focuses on teaching students to apply reading
strategies using multiple genres in order to help them meet          8107 SPORTS LITERATURE                  0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
proficiency of the PA Academic Standards. Emphasis on                Anchored by the notion that sports are a metaphor for life, this
language study and vocabulary are also incorporated.                 course will explore the influential role that sports play in
                                                                     American culture and the effects they have on our beliefs,
8152 HONORS ENGLISH 10                  1 Credit      Grade 10       morality, identity, and politics. Instruction and assessment will
This course focuses on the reading of multiple genres and the        be Keystone Exam-driven, as books such as Friday Night
writing process in order to help them meet proficiency or            Lights, Heaven is a Playground, The Boys of Summer, Shoeless
mastery of the PA Academic Standards. Reading and writing            Joe, and Everybody’s All-American will be used to promote
occurs both in school and at home.                                   higher-level thinking. With sports being a fundamental aspect
As an honors course, this is a pre-advanced placement course         of our society, literature selections will function as tools for
that will prepare students for the academic rigor of AP English      analysis, responsive writing, and open-ended discussions.
Language and Composition (11).
                                                                     8111 CREATIVE WRITING              0.5 Credit      Grades 9-10
8154 ENGLISH 10                     1 Credit      Grade 10           Designed to increase writing skills, this course will focus on a
This course focuses on teaching students to apply reading            variety of genres, including: fiction, personal essays, and
strategies using multiple genres and provides writing                poetry. Students will be asked to submit a variety of literary
frameworks in order to help them meet proficiency of the PA          pieces for workshop classes where classmates will
Academic Standards. Emphasis on language study and                   constructively criticize and respond to their peers’ works.
vocabulary are also incorporated.                                    Students will be expected to revise and edit their own writing
                                                                     based upon techniques learned from the workshops. Students
8122 [DC] COMPOSITION (H)              1 Credit Grades 9- 10         will also read, explore, and discuss the motivations behind
This course reviews the principles of composition, including         various authors’ writings.
rhetoric, grammar and usage. It emphasizes critical thinking,
the recursive nature of writing, the writing of analytical essays,   8131 GIFTED SEMINAR               0.5 Credit     Grades 9-10
and the application of information literacy skills.                  Gifted Seminar is open to students who have been identified as
                                                                     gifted under Chapter 16 of the Pennsylvania code. Activities
                                                                     will focus on the social and emotional development of the
                                                                     participants through career exploration, personalized projects,
                                                                     special presentations, collaborative tasks, and technology
                                                                     integration. The class encompasses grades 9 - 12, and the
                                                                     curriculum is individualized according to the student's grade
                                                                     level and strengths.
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8167 JOURNALISM/YEARBOOK                  1 Credit     Grade 10
(Prerequisite: at least 85% in English 9)
The first marking period will be devoted to learning the skills
needed to create and design a yearbook. The goal of this portion
of the course will be to prepare and train students who desire to
actively participate in the creation of a yearbook with the
Coatesville Area School District.
As the year progresses, select news events and how they were
covered by the news media will be looked at in class. In
addition, students will also be writing film and television
reviews based upon videos watched, discussed, and viewed in
class. Students will be required to read books and articles about
the films and shows watched in class, as well as learn about the
creation of film production.            They will also create
advertisements, film posters, brochures and other visual
products that relate to the topics at hand.
8172 [DC] PUBLIC SPEAKING (H) 1 Credit Grades 9- 10
This course enables students to deliver a variety of
presentations. Students are introduced to various methods of
delivery, organizational patterns, and types of presentational
aids. Emphasis is placed on preparing presentations for multiple
                                                                                  MATHEMATICS
audiences and occasions.
                                                                    All mathematics courses at the Coatesville Area Intermediate
                                                                    High School are taught using research based pedagogical
   FAMILY AND CONSUMER                                              techniques. Every mathematics teacher has participated in
                                                                    comprehensive professional development to prepare them to
         SCIENCES                                                   use best practices in the classroom and foster a productive
                                                                    struggle to maximize student learning opportunities. These
                                                                    course environments offer more engaging, socially constructed,
8723 FOODS AND FINANCE                0.5 Credit     Grades 9-10    contextualized mathematics which can be used outside of the
Foods and Finance introduces students to important life skills.     classroom.
Students will explore the concepts of nutrition, food handling,
and the theory behind food preparation in a lab setting, as well    8324 ALGEBRA I                          1 Credit        Grade 9
as the basic financial skills that are used by families.            The fundamental concepts of Algebra I will be reinforced as the
                                                                    topics of linear equations, inequalities, absolute value, rational
8726 HOUSING DESIGN                0.5 Credit     Grades 9-10       and radical expressions and equations, and quadratic functions
Become an informed housing consumer. Learn to make the              are covered.
most of your surroundings by studying the elements of interior
design. This study will include color applications, styles of       8362 HONORS GEOMETRY                1 Credit     Grades 9-10
houses, furniture styles, room layouts, and landscaping. Learn      The concepts covered in this course include: Area, Angle
about computer aided design plus how to prepare drawings and        Relationships,      Pythagorean      Theorem,       Similarity,
present a design plan.                                              Trigonometry, Probability, Congruency, Quadrilaterals,
                                                                    Polygons/Circles and Constructions. Included in this course
8733 NUTRITION FOR SPORTS           0.5 Credit   Grades 9-10        will be proving formulas, Law of Sine and Cosine, for example.
This course will help you eat right and give you an extra edge
in your sports performance. Topics will include: nutrients,         8364 GEOMETRY                       1 Credit  Grades 9-10
carb-loading, eating fast-food, performance-enhancing drugs,        The concepts covered in this course include: Area, Angle
and sports beverages. This course is open to athletes and non-      Relationships,     Pythagorean       Theorem,   Similarity,
athletes.                                                           Trigonometry, Probability, Congruency, Quadrilaterals,
                                                                    Polygons/Circles and Constructions.
                                                                    .
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                                                                                          MUSIC

                                                                  8803 BEL CANTO CHOIR               0.5 Credit Grade (9*)10
                                                                  Bel Canto is a select, auditioned choir that participates in
                                                                  concerts, assemblies, and community programs. The choir
                                                                  performs an SATB repertoire of different styles and music from
                                                                  all periods of music history, in English, as well as other
                                                                  languages. Students should be able to follow a read music
                                                                  and/or follow a vocal score, and sing their vocal parts
                                                                  independent of others in their section. Vocal sectionals are a
                                                                  required part of each student’s Bel Canto experience.
                                                                  Participation is expected at all announced functions in which
8342 HONORS ALGEBRA II              1 Credit     Grades 9-10      this group participates. Attendance at all performances and
This course includes the topics of: Sequences, Exponential        rehearsals is mandatory. This is a co-curricular course, which
Functions, Transformations of Graphs, Systems of Equations,       means that it has some requirements outside of school hours.
Logarithms, Trigonometric Functions, Polynomial Functions,        Exceptions to this policy MUST be approved by the director
Conic Sections and Series. The use of graphing calculators (TI-   and the principal.
84+ is recommended) will be encouraged. It is recommended         * Grade in parenthesis is for exceptional vocal students, who
that this course be taken AFTER Geometry.                         meet the course requirements.

8344 ALGEBRA II                       1 Credit Grades 9-10        8807 CONCERT CHOIR                   0.5 Credit    Grade 9-10
This course includes the topics of: Sequences, Exponential        Concert Choir is a non-auditioned choir made up of male and
Functions, Transformations of Graphs, Systems of Equations,       female voices. The focus of this course is to develop the vocal
Logarithms, Trigonometric Functions, Polynomial Functions,        instrument through instruction on all aspects of the vocal
Probability and Series. The use of graphing calculators (TI-84+   anatomy, vocal technique, and sight reading of music. The choir
is recommended) will be encouraged. It is recommended that        performs an SAB/3 part Mixed repertoire or music selected
this course be taken AFTER Geometry.                              from a standard repertoire of high school vocal music, including
                                                                  a focus on the performance of acapella compositions. Vocal
8353 HONORS PRECALCULUS              1 Credit      Grade 10       sectional are a regular part of each student’s experience.
This course is in preparation for Honors or AP Calculus. The      Participation is expected at all announced functions.
content will include: Trigonometry, Area Under a Curve,           Attendance at all performances and rehearsals is
Rational Functions, Exponentials/Logarithms, Vectors, Limits,     mandatory. This is a co-curricular course, which means that it
Periodic Functions, Conics, Parametric Functions, Polar           has some requirements outside of school hours. Exceptions to
Functions, Complex Numbers and Series. The use of graphing        this policy MUST be approved by the director and the principal.
calculators (TI-84+ is recommended) will be encouraged.
                                                                  8811 9TH GRADE GIRLS’ CHORUS 0.5 Credit               Grade 9
                                                                  9th Grade Girls’ Chorus is a non-auditioned choir of women’s
                                                                  voices that participates in concerts and assemblies. The choir
                                                                  performs an SSA repertoire of different styles and music from
                                                                  all periods of music history, in English, as well as other
                                                                  languages. Students should be able to sing their vocal parts
                                                                  independent of others in their section. Vocal sectionals are a
                                                                  regular part of each student’s experience. Participation is
                                                                  expected at all announced functions in which this group
                                                                  participates. Attendance at all performances and rehearsals
                                                                  is mandatory. This is a co-curricular course, which means that
                                                                  it has some requirements outside of school hours. Exceptions to
                                                                  this policy MUST be approved by the director and the principal.

                                                                  8819 MUSIC KEYBOARDING              0.5 Credit     Grades 9-10
                                                                  Music Keyboard is a course in the beginning basics of keyboard
                                                                  playing for those with no prior experience. Classes are taught
                                                                  in group lessons with practice time and individual help given to
                                                                  each student. Classes stress note reading, musical signs and
                                                                  symbols, intervals, and performance within the classroom
                                                                  setting. Each student has his or her own keyboard for class and
                                                                  lesson use and what she or he learns is transferable to home
                                                                  organ, piano, or keyboard.
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8821 STRING ORCHESTRA               0.5 Credit Grades 9-10           8829 INDOOR VISUAL ENSEMBLE 0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
Selected by audition, the String Orchestra class is a select group   (Prerequisite – audition/evaluation by the director)
of string players which serves as the string section of the          This course is designed to teach the student about movement
Coatesville Area Senior Orchestra. Students study a varied           through the use of color guard pageantry and choreography.
repertoire of music from all periods of classical composition        This is a hands-on course that will require all students to
with many performances scheduled throughout the year.                actively participate in the class. Students will be exposed to
Attendance at all performances and rehearsals is                     demonstrations, lectures, choreography, blocking, staging and
mandatory. This is a co-curricular course, which means that it       writing their own routines. Students must be a member of the
has some requirements outside of school hours.                       outdoor colorguard to be a member of this class. During the
                                                                     outdoor months, this group performs with the Marching Band.
8823 JAZZ BAND                      0.5 Credit Grades 9-10           This is a co-curricular course, which means that it has some
(Prerequisite: audition/evaluation by the director)                  requirements outside of school hours.
The membership consists of a limited jazz instrumentation and
is chosen by the director through an audition process. The           8832 [DC] FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC (H)
instrumentation is as follows: alto, tenor, and baritone                                                  1 Credit    Grades 9-10
saxophones, tuba, trombones, trumpets, drum set players,             This course is designed for the beginning musician, non-music
electric and bass guitars. Jazz/Big Band music is the primary        readers and individuals lacking a fundamental understanding of
focus of this class. Students who choose this course MUST            rhythm, notation, clefs, time signatures, key signatures and
be able to read music! All wind players such as saxophones           practical musicianship skills necessary for the study of both
and brass MUST be part of the Symphonic Band. There are a            instrumental performance and the study of music theory and
LIMITED number of bass and electric guitar and drum                  composition.
positions in this ensemble. Attendance at all performances
and rehearsals is mandatory. This is a co-curricular course,         8835 SYMPHONIC BAND                 0.5 Credit     Grades 9-10
which means that it has some requirements outside of school          (Prerequisite: audition/evaluation by the director)
hours.                                                               NOTE: This course requires a FULL YEAR commitment
                                                                     on the part of the student. Brass and woodwind players
                                                                     should schedule this course. Percussion students should
                                                                     consult band director.
                                                                     This class is a select instrumental organization whose members
                                                                     are selected or recommended by the high school or middle
                                                                     school director through an evaluation process. This is a high
                                                                     profile ensemble. The members are part of ONE band, the
                                                                     Marching Red Raider band and the Coatesville Area Senior
                                                                     High School Concert Band. During the marching season, the
                                                                     band rehearses two nights per week. If there is a competition
                                                                     on a Saturday, the band will rehearse before the competition.
                                                                     The Marching Red Raiders enjoy a demanding fall schedule,
8827 PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE            0.5 Credit Grades 9-10           comprised of competitions, football games, parades, and
(Prerequisite: audition/evaluation by the director)                  community events, which concludes at the end of football
Only percussionists should schedule this course. Brass And           season. However, other performances (i.e. parades, community
woodwind players must schedule Symphonic Band. This                  events, etc.) may involve marching after football season has
course is designed to explore the melodic percussion                 concluded.      Participation is expected at all announced
instruments.     This class will have several mandatory              performances.       Attendance at all performances and
performances. Students must be able to read music. The               rehearsals is mandatory. This is a co-curricular course, which
instruments that will be covered are Timpani, Marimba,               means that it has some requirements outside of school hours.
Xylophone, Vibraphone, field battery, and all types of auxiliary     Exceptions to this policy MUST be approved by the director
instruments as well as some rudiment percussion. Students            and the principal. There is a participation fee of $80 to cover
must be recommended by the teacher/director. During the              the cost of dry cleaning. Some students may need to purchase
outdoor months, this group performs with the Marching Band.          shoes and/or gloves at an additional cost of up to $40.
This is a co-curricular course, which means that it has some
requirements outside of school hours.                                8838 MUSIC MAJORS                    0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
                                                                     This comprehensive music class will give students a better
                                                                     understanding of the principles of music notation, theory, and
                                                                     composition. The elements of music and music technology will
                                                                     also be studied. Aural (listening) and vocal (singing) skills will
                                                                     be developed through rhythmic and melodic dictation. The
                                                                     course is designed for serious music students who may be
                                                                     considering a career in music or for students who simply desire
                                                                     to enhance their existing knowledge of music. NOTE: This
                                                                     course is the prerequisite for AP Music Theory.
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8840 MUSIC THEORY (AP)                 1 Credit       Grade 10        8482 HONORS CHEMISTRY                    1 Credit      Grade 10
(Prerequisite: Music Majors)                                          Honors chemistry is an elective course designed for the above
This advanced placement music class will give students a better       average college bound student who has an interest in pursuing
understanding of the principles of music notation, theory, music      a scientific or mathematical related career. The course provides
composition, the elements of music and music technology.              an in- depth overview of many basic chemical principles from
Aural (listening) skills and vocal (singing) skills will also be      both a theoretical and mathematical perspective. Major topics
developed through rhythmic and melodic dictation and sight            include: the composition, structure, and changes of matter, the
singing. The course is designed for serious music students who        periodic table, and energy. A strong emphasis is placed on
might be considering a career in music or students who simply         laboratory work, problem solving, and reasoning. The
desire to enhance their knowledge of music. You must be able          successful student will have strong study skills and must have
to read music prior to taking this course!                            completed or be taking Algebra II concurrently. As an honors
                                                                      course, this is a pre-advanced placement course that will
                                                                      prepare students for the academic rigor of AP Chemistry.
                                                                      Students are required to provide their own scientific calculator.

                                                                      8484 CHEMISTRY                          1 Credit       Grade 10
                                                                      Chemistry is an elective course designed for the average college
                      SCIENCE                                         bound student who may or may not have an interest in pursuing
                                                                      a scientific or mathematical related career. The course provides
8490 ALS SCIENCE RESEARCH 1.5 Credits Grade 9-10                      an overview of many basic chemical principles from both a
Intermediate High School students will work with their teacher        theoretical and mathematical perspective.          Major topics
to partner with University of Pittsburgh’s Live Like Lou ALS          include: the composition, structure, and changes of matter, the
Research Team to help work towards the cure for ALS. This             periodic table, and energy. A strong emphasis is placed on
opportunity will involve a laboratory driven curriculum and the       laboratory work, mathematical problem solving, and reasoning.
chance to be a part of cutting edge scientific research. (AP          The successful student will have good study skills and is
weighted course).                                                     suggested that students be enrolled in Algebra II concurrently.
                                                                      Students are required to provide their own scientific calculator.
8422 [DC] BIOLOGY (H)              1.5 Credit     Grades 9-10
Students in this course will explore the following aspects of         8449 NUTRITIONAL CHEMISTRY
biology: the organization of life, the development of living                                                 1 Credit       Grade 10
organisms, the transmission of traits, evolution, behavior and        This course explores the fundamentals of nutrition, elaborating
ecology. This course is intended for the non-science degrees.         on the essential chemistry needed for the basic understanding
                                                                      of the subject matter. The course examines how carbohydrates,
8442 HONORS BIOLOGY                   1 Credit           Grade 9      lipids, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants are
This course is designed to have students explore an in-depth          chemically related to nutrition. The course focuses also on diet
study of life, from the molecular level to that of the biosphere.     and nutrition throughout the various life stages and how this
Major topics include: characteristics of living organisms,            relates to one’s environment.
bioenergetics, genetics, evolution and ecology. This course
engages students with higher critical thinking skills and seeks       8472 [DC] ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (H)
greater conceptual understanding. At this level, students are                                            1 Credit        Grades 9-10
expected to study and read beyond what is done in the                 Environmental science is the study of natural ecosystems,
classroom. As an honors course, this is a pre-advanced                human impacts on the environment, and sustainable
placement course that will prepare students for the academic          management of the Earth's resources. Processes of the physical
rigor of AP Biology.                                                  and biological environment are used as a basis for consideration
                                                                      of current environmental topics. Other areas covered include:
8444 BIOLOGY                           1 Credit           Grade 9     energy consumption and global warming, water and air
Biology is the science of living things; their structure, function,   pollution, waste management, impacts of deforestation on
and interactions in the biosphere. The three levels of biology        biodiversity and other environmental changes occurring on a
exist to address the life science needs of students of varying        global scale.
ability.

8440 AP BIOLOGY                     1.5 Credits Grades 9-10
This course emphasizes the biological concepts in three
overarching topics: molecules and cells, heredity and evolution,
and organisms and populations. AP Biology provides students
with an opportunity to develop a conceptual framework for
modern biology and stresses an understanding of science as a
process rather than an accumulation of a set of facts.
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8462 [DC] FORENSIC SCIENCE (H)                                        8251 AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
                                       1 Credit      Grades 9-10                                           1 Credit Grades 9- 10
This course explores the science and art of forensic                  This course will focus on the Black experience from the 14th
investigations and the identification, proper collection and          century to the present. The course is designed to expose
recognition of evidence. The student looks at a variety of            students to the various attitudes and experiences of African
specialty areas such as firearms, tool marks, fiber tracing, hair     Americans throughout history. Major topics addressed will be
paint, toxicology and photography. Crime scenes are explored          early African kingdoms, slavery, Civil War/Reconstruction,
using critical thinking skills to produce alternative strategies by   Harlem Renaissance, and civil rights movement.
thinking creatively. Experts in forensics are guest presenters.
Fundamentals of the science behind the crime are explored.            8242 HONORS EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY
Case studies are presented as group projects and the student is                                               1 Credit           Grade 9
expected to provide several scenarios and evidence for                This course surveys the political, economic, and social
alternative conclusions.                                              development of the United States from its 18th century
                                                                      constitutional inception to its turn of the 20th century
8441 MICROBIOLOGY                     1 Credit      Grades 9-10       emergence as a world power. Concentrating primarily on
This course introduces basic concepts of infectious disease.          domestic issues of American history, this course examines the
Students will gain a basic knowledge and understanding of             themes of democracy, the impact of individuals and groups,
clinical diagnostic tests, infectious agents, epidemiology, how       diversity and equality, expansion, economic and technological
the organisms cause disease, symptoms, prevention, treatment,         development, and roles and rights of citizenship. The course has
and complications.                                                    a greater focus on historical thinking skills, such as research and
                                                                      analyzing primary source documents and requires weekly
                                                                      reading and writing outside of the classroom, with the goal of
                                                                      encouraging students to move up to AP levels. As an honors
                                                                      course, this is a pre-advanced placement course that will
                                                                      prepare students for the academic rigor of an AP Social Studies
                                                                      course.

                                                                      8244 EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY
                                                                                                            1 Credit          Grade 9
                                                                      This course surveys the political, economic, and social
                                                                      development of the United States from its 18th century
                                                                      constitutional inception to its turn of the 20th century
                                                                      emergence as a world power. Concentrating primarily on
                                                                      domestic issues of American history, this course examines the
                                                                      themes of democracy, the impact of individuals and groups,
                                                                      diversity and equality, expansion, economic and technological
                                                                      development, and roles and rights of citizenship. The course
                                                                      will focus upon developing student's historical thinking skills to
                                                                      up to the honors level.

             SOCIAL STUDIES                                           8252 HONORS EUROPEAN HISTORY
                                                                                                               1 Credit      Grade 10
                                                                      Honors European history is an analysis of the development of
8222 [DC] AMERICAN HISTORY (H)                                        Europe with a focus on understanding the positive and negative
                                      1 Credit        Grade 10        influence Europe has had on the world since 1450. Course
An inquiry into the history of the United States from the             topics include cultural and intellectual movements, such as the
introduction of African and European peoples into the existing        Renaissance, political developments, such as the rise of
populations of the Americas through the period of the Civil           democratic ideals, social issues such as gender and racial
War. Includes the cultural origins and initial interactions of        inequality, and economic developments, such as the Industrial
African, European and Native American peoples in the Western          Revolution. This course primarily focuses on mastering
Hemisphere and the initial phases of a global economy, British        historical thinking skills, such as argumentation and analyzing
Colonization and the establishment of diverse cultures in North       primary source documents and requires independent research
America, Confederation and Constitution, the establishment of         outside of the classroom, with the goal of preparing students for
unique political, and social and economic structures in the early     the AP level. As an honors course, this is a pre-advanced
Republic.                                                             placement course that will prepare students for the academic
                                                                      rigor of an AP Social Studies course.
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